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amount. usually you get a $500 rebate. that has now been removed. so someone who is replacing all of their glass, they get a rebate per square foot. we hope this will be a lasting remnant of the drought and hoping we can sing and dna -- dance in the summer and hopefully a continued push for the program. in addition, one of the other things that we do very aggressively throughout the service area is free landscaping classes and workshops. we thought it was great to change landscaping and perceptions of landscaping. we have 28 schedules for this september and we do this in the spring and fall and they
focus around land use and alternatives to lawns and do workshops to teach people how to cheat mulch and they have done great programs in the spring last year. as steve mentioned, we've seen a continued reduction in water use. that has been phenomenal, every week when those reports come out we get very excited in our office. but it's important that that is sustained so we are taking this opportunity to create this message as much as possible to talk about this is a great opportunity for everybody to be weary about what they are doing about landscaping. i got calls about droughts and water and they say why do we want to save water today, isn't it going to agriculture? i said no, absolutely not. you are in a single source system in a
system that these customers have paid for and used and san francisco owns and operates for you and every drop of water that you save today is available for you later. i think it's a perception that not everybody knows and sometimes gets confused by the media. with that i will conclude. >>president vince courtney: thank you very much for being here. commissioners? i was having a conversation on my way into the building with commissioner moran about the fact on my way to the football game on sunday i drove down sunset boulevard. there was an article once again about the lawn in front of city hall. so, you know, i know who maintains sunset blvd, for example, that's the men and women of local 261 on behalf of the public works department. it's basically dead.
i mean, it looks dead and we talked about that earlier. if available, i would like a copy of the book you have there on the landscape because believe it or not there are labor issues. we have a measure coming up at the november election related to proposition h and it's about synthetic you in -- you turf field and everyone has their opinion to grass and what the percentage is and so i would like that information because it looks like you have done a lot of great work about those alternative landscapes because irrigation is something we have to look into. the plumbers will be interested in that and all of the other, actually it's all on point. we just got this book today about the native plants and hetch hetchy. i would love to see the commissioners
an at least acquire that document and maybe a conversation. i believe we've offered incentives on the west side of the city to green. because people they cement over. i think we've offered incentives for people to undo the parking. it's a conversation that i think is appropriate to have. it's so on point. if commissioner moran has anything to add? >> the >>commissioner anson moran: the other thing that sunset blvd that comes to mind is that you don't need irrigation. those people that are operating her to systems know what their alternatives are and how to keep viable
landscaping alive without a full measure of water. >>president vince courtney: thank you, commissioner. commissioner vietor? >>commissioner francesca vietor: there is all this data with --? >> the requirement is no more than 25 percent i am pefrs, you must replace with per views and that was a specific concern about that because we didn't want the hard scaped look. they do not rebate for artificial you turf either. thank you. >>president vince courtney: are there any public comments on the bough
bawsca update? seeing none. madam clerk next item. city clerk: items 9. consent calendar. all matters listed here unconstitute a consent calendar are considered to be routine by the san francisco public utilities commission. >>president vince courtney: i'm going to request to remove item e and to be placed on the next agenda. >> sorry, you would like that removed and carried over to the next meeting? >> yes, sir, please. anything else commissioners? >> yes, commissioner torres. >>commissioner art torres: i would like to abstain on item b. >> okay, we will remove b?
is that your preference? >> i'm just not going to vote. >> so moved. >>president vince courtney: it's been moved and seconded that commissioner torres will abstain as to his vote on item 9b. is there any further conversation, any public comment on that item, seeing none public comment is now closed. all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> none opposed that motion carries. commissioners, we can vote on the whole. >> city attorney. i think you need to remove 9 b. >>president vince courtney: okay, we'll remove item 9 b and e. okay. so the rest, commissioners?
it's been moved and seconded. any further discussion. this is on items 9acd and f. is there any public comments on those items? seeing none, public comment is now closed. all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> opposed? the eyes ayes have it. it's been moved and seconded. any public comment on item 9 b. all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> and opposed? . 9 b carries. with one abstention taken. thank you. 9b we'll see on the next agenda. madam secretary? cl eric clerk excuse me mr. president,
to clarify 9b will be moved over? >> yes. next item. city clerk: item 10: 10. approve amendment no. 4 to agreement no. cs-820, new irvington tunnel project - engineering services, with urs corporation, to continue as design engineer-of-record for the construction of the tunnel; and authorize the general manager to negotiate and execute this amendment increasing the agreement up to $500,000, for a total not-to-exceed agreement amount of $14,873,561, and with a time extension up to 12 months, for a total agreement duration of up to 10 years, subject to board of supervisors approval pursuant to charter city clerk: sf 101234 >>president vince courtney: commissioners, i will entertain a motion. >> i will moo it. >> it's been moved and seconded. any public comment? all in favor say, "aye". aye. >> opposed the motion carries, madam clerk, no. 11. >>vice- president ann moller caen: can we go back to that. i have a comment.
>> we'll go back to item 10. vice-president caen. >>vice- president ann moller caen: going back, i have to address the next two items coming up. do you have any comment on that item? mr. wade. >> dan wade, to address your question, i want to point out that this item as well as the next two items are contractual agenda items to conform to the revised wsip that was approved in april. so you approved schedule and budget revisions to the water improvement program and this item to allow a record to continue work on the project as part of that revised.
>> when you say when the tunnel is coming into service? >> this tunnel is coming into service this fall and it's going to be a milestone for the wis sip and change the level in terms of seismic and delivery in reliability. there is going to be continued work to tie up all the loose ends after it goes into service this fault and establish of completion will finish this year. it takes time for these projects to come to final closure. as reported in the past we did have different conditions during the tunnelling of the project, we had gassy tunnel conditions at the time the project was bid, we knew there was potential gassy conditions and that did have a time and cost
impact and we also had some extensive ground water in flow issues during the construction of the project. but the project is going very well and we do expect to finish as i said put the tunnel into seventh services this fall. >> that does make a difference. thank you very much. >> we have moved on item 10 and no. 11. moved. >> now we are up to five 1/2 years. i would also like to request that we no longer put the extension in days because days seem shorter
than years and for everybody's edification. 2130 calendar days is five 1/2 years. if you want to put it in days, fine, but could you also put it in years because to me that's more real than days. >>president vince courtney: without objection that will be the order. >> and months. >> no hours. >> now, don't make fun of me. >> i think it's an excellent idea. >> mr. cruz? >> i was here to answer any questions. >> commissioners, is there any public comment on item 11. it's been moved and seconded. all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> opposed.
the motion carries, next item. city clerk: item 12: 12. approve an increase in the construction cost contingency for contract no. wd-2551, calaveras dam replacement project, with dragados-usa, inc./ flatiron west, inc./sukut construction, inc., joint venture, in the amount of $79,781,662 and an increase in the contract duration of up to 371 consecutive calendar days; and authorize the general manager to approve future modifications to the contract for a total revised contract amount up to $529,225,308, and for a total revised contract duration up to 2661 consecutive calendar days. city clerk: item 12: 12. approve an increase in the construction cost contingency for contract no. wd-2551, calaveras dam replacement project, with dragados-usa, inc./ flatiron west, inc./sukut construction, inc., joint venture, in the amount of $79,781,662 and an increase in the contract duration of up to 371 consecutive calendar days; and authorize the general manager to approve future modifications to the contract for a total revised contract amount up to $529,225,308, and for a total revised contract duration up to 2661 consecutive calendar city clerk: item 12: 12. approve an increase in the construction cost contingency for contract no. wd-2551, calaveras dam replacement project, with dragados-usa, inc./ flatiron west, inc./sukut construction, inc., joint venture, in the amount of $79,781,662 and an increase in the contract duration of up to
371 consecutive calendar days; and authorize the general manager to approve future modifications to the contract for a total revised contract amount up to $529,225,308, and for a total revised contract duration up to 2661 consecutive calendar days. >>president vince courtney: there is a slight 1234 change to the resolution. is there any discussion on the amendment? is there any public comment on the amendment at item no. 12. seeing none public comment is closed. all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> opposed the aye's have it. on the original number, item no. 12 #shgs commissioners. >> i will move as amended. >> it's been moved and seconded. any public comment on the item no. 12 as amended? seeing none, public comment on item 12 as amended? francisco? >> i have been monitoring calaveras for a long time. i think it's time that we haven't done this but we need to have a hearing on calaveras. so that we are fully satisfied, we the constituents on calaveras. i know the supervisors wanted a hearing on mountain tunnel and they can have that hearing, but calaveras is important. historically, the gentleman who came here, if you just read about calaveras and what took place in that area, we just read about calaveras and the
first people, we leave the first people out, the discussion, the land belongs to us, we didn't steal it and treat it as we want it and now we want to do as we please. let's have a hearing on calaveras because i can assure you the way things are going, they are going to come again for another extension. that's my gut feeling and my gut feeling is always a million percent right. >>president vince courtney: thank you, we'll have a discussion on that item. is there anymore public comment on item no. 12 as amended. seeing none, public comment is closed. all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> opposed the highest -- ayes have it. madam clerk, next item.
item 13: approve an increase in the construction contract cost contingency for contract no. wd-2685, with cal state contractors inc., for reservoir and tanks improvement 20133, in the amount of $682,000; and authorize the general manager to approve future modifications to the contract for a total revised contract amount up to $9,997,900. the requested increase is due to new water conservation work requested for twin peaks reservoir. the work includes preparing and installing new water barriers along all submerged concrete slab joints to inhibit water leakage from the reservoir to its underdrains. there will be no change in contract duration due to this joint sealing work1234 >> thank you, jasmine. commissioners? >> so move. >> second. >> it's been moved and second. is there any public comment on item no. 13. seeing none, public comment is closed. all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> the ayes have it. next item 14. city clerk: item 14: 14. approve modification no. 2 to the agreement between the united states forest service and the city and county of san francisco regarding acquisition of 25.2 acres of land at camp mather, tuolumne county; and authorize the general manager to execute an amendment extending the duration of the agreement up to one year, for a total duration of three-years and six
months. the time extension reflects the re-evaluation of the original timber appraisal as a result of the rim fire.1 year, for a total duration of three-years and six months. the time extension reflects the re-evaluation of the original timber appraisal as a result of the rim fire.1234 >>president vince courtney: 6 months. the time extension reflects the re-evaluation of the original timber appraisal as a result of the rim fire.1234 >>president vince courtney: thank you, jasmine, commissioners. >> so moved. >> second. >> public comment? >> all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> opposed? the ayes have it. >>commissioner francesca vietor: i have a question on this because i have been tracking this but i did lose the thread a little bit. i want to move the item because i think a land acquisition portion, but i would love briefly for you to talk about what's happening with the timber appraisal. >> it's on the 25 acres we are trying to acquire at camp maetsdz mather. we are doing another praisal because the timber is no longer there
which would lower the price, one would think so. >> eventually it will come back to you as a property. it's kind af swap, a purchase another swapping with the forest service and will come back for commission action. it is an action that you will have to take in the future. >> the value of the timber part of the sale price will include the chamber? >> right, because the belongs to the u.s. forest service. >> okay, great, thank you. >>president vince courtney: if there is no objection we'll move on to item no. 15. madam secretary. city clerk: item 15: 15. authorize the general manager to increase the wastewater enterprise commercial paper notes program from $300,000,000 to $500,000,000; direct the general manager gmm to request approval from the board of supervisors for such increase and, further, direct the gm to enter into agreements to provide bank credit facilities authorized under 2002 proposition e with barclays bank plc and state street bank and trust
company, the lowest cost, responsive and responsible bidders. the agreements provide an additional $200,000,000 in available credit with annual costs not-to-exceed $750,000 and for a total contract duration, including possible extensions, not to exceed five years. the gm is further authorized to select the next lowest-cost, responsive and responsible bidder should either of the selected banks be unable to meet city contracting requirements or if negotiations are otherwise 5 years. the gm is further authorized to select the next lowest-cost, responsive and responsible bidder should either of the selected banks be unable to meet city contracting requirements or if negotiations are otherwise not successful.1234 >> thank you, commissioners? >> cfo is here to answer questions. >> thank you we have a few slides to share or i can answer questions. sorry it got to the bank -- back of your package. >>president vince courtney: we can see the slides or i will entertain a motion. >> i will move it. i thought the item was well drafted and put it to savings of that kind of read the instrument. >> i will move it. >> it's been moved and seconded. any further discussion. any public comment on this item? >> yes. thank you yolanda. >> yes, just real quick, this is a bank that is going to make money off the community and they have federal regulations off the investment. this is an opportunity to tie in the investment to this community. when they are making their community investment to their credit they can get money from this up grade
to do the financing. it's not going to hurt them. they are still getting the money and that is to who? so you can redirect it to the non-profit communities and this is one of the many things that could be put into place. >>president vince courtney: thank you yolanda, the general manager will have on going and those comments are on point. any further public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> opposed? the item carries. next item. item 16: 16. public hearing, discussion, and possible action to adopt excess water use charges and regulations for administering excess use charges and the retail water shortage allocation plan requirements applicable to use of potable water on ornamental landscaping or turf by the approximately 1,600 retail potable water irrigation accounts.1234 >> mr. ritchie. this places irrigation and to
done water use charges and implement regulations for the 1600 potable water regulations that we have. the excess use charges will be applied to water use over the 10 percent mandatory reduction in use. this is all consistent with and responsive to the regulation adopted by the state water board in july. of the 1600 accounts are municipal accounts largely the parks and recreation department and dpw and parks, mission bay and san francisco state and commercial properties. collectively they use about 3 1/2 percent of the total retail water supply in san francisco. we do have one proposed correction to the resolution as noted on the one page should it in front of you. it's to delete a phrase in that first resovereignty. the -- resolve of that phrase we
made accounts in the fiscal year when they exceeded the 90 percent reduction. i will be happy to answer any questions on the item. >>president vince courtney: do my colleagues, are you comfortable with the resolution, the amended version? do you have it? then i will go ahead and call -- >> vice-president? >> i would like you to address the section called exceptions. how is that going to work? >> exceptions would have to be approved by application to the water enterprise. we would basically look at the basis for the exception. there are various alternatives, vice bases here that are allowable and we would judge those on a case by case bases. we would go out and see the property in question and recognize that it is or is not compliant with the acception here such as something that is necessary for
sanitation or safety alternative restrictions that was achieved at the same level of demand reduction some about the property or business and edible plantings that might be there and might be a mixture of things and you have to deal with that fact because it has to do with ornamental issues. frankly i'm pretty confident people will be able to achieve the 10 percent. we've already asked for it voluntarily and this makes it manned datory and backs it up. it's very doable, i believe. >> well, anything involved with the city, i think is doable. when i read through these exceptions, i thought, well, some hour how or other probably most accounts
could somehow take one of these exception and work with it. maybe >> maybe i'm making too much of it. >> it will be the result of that audit which is another qualification to get the exception. they might get the exception for purposes of achieving the 10 percent. >>president vince courtney: there is reference for item 15 before us, we are actually on item no. 16. if that's not right i will stand corrected. this is conversation item no. 16. any other questions for mr.
ritchie? yes, commissioner vietor? >>commissioner francesca vietor: will there be more outreach on these, will these users get special mailing? >> yes, they will get special mailing that explains this to them. since these are rates they have to be sent to the board of supervisors for a month. this will go into effect october 1st. we'll be informing everyone, all the account holders with a letter and it will be on their monthly bill as well. >> okay. i was hoping it would be adequate because people with mail these days, so they know this is coming and they don't get hit. i agree, i don't think it's going to be onerous but there might be people who for whatever reason might be tracking and this might motivate them. >> yeah, we will definitely make sure.
we've actually corresponded from the group from time to time and these are typically not individual homeowners, they are typically managed properties as opposed to another thing in your life to deal with. >> when you think about like park merced, san francisco state, they have multiple accounts. when you talk about 1600 accounts, it's these larger users we are reaching out to, the ; the managers and others it's a way to outreach to them as well. >> thank you. >> thank you, commissioner veet or. any other discussion, on the amendment are we prepared to move it. >> so moved. >> second. >> it's been seconded, is there any public comment on the
amendment by itself. yes, yolanda. i have an item for you, do you want to speak on the item or the amendment? >> item. >> all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> opposed. the ayes have it. the item as amended so moved. >> second. may i ask one question? >> commissioner vietor? >>commissioner francesca vietor: maybe i missed this. is this going to last forever, this excessive charge issue or is this time bound? >> no. i don't recall there is an expiration in here but we would definitely bring this back for rescindance if there is an end to the drought. >> we have to bring this to the board if there is a mandatory
restriction. >> this is in response to them. we have to take an action to remove it. >> okay. that's not going to be an issue because there is no reason that they would, if one of these big users expands their property or they get an expanded use permit, what would happen with something like this if they start to use additional water? >> actually what i truly expect to have happen is if as you implement conservation, it generally takes and it takes, unless you are going to the point of distressing plants, if you are making changes to respond to us and practices that respond to pressures of conservation, that's what we've seen historically through the whole area that capital use goes down. >> for practical purposes there wouldn't be a reason to rescind because you would start conserving
more ideal lau ly in a perfect world. >> you mentioned new development, we are programs. so we are hoping the new developments are smarter and put in more water wise type of landscaping and capturing the water that maybe they can reuse. >> thank you. >> any other questions for mr. ritchie. i have a comment card, yolanda louis. no. 16. >> as another opportunity if what we see is writing on the wall, not only for the businesses but eventually if we don't get a grip on the droughts where it's going to hit is the consumers, the homeowners. let's have a reciprocal, let's recharge our water ground water 10 percent, what i see from the federal level they see things but they are not